All we had hoped for ...
Went to Farmfest at Toowoomba this year to buy a Polaris "buggy". We had researched the purchase for 2 years ... and thought we had nailed it. We'd struggled trying to decide whether to buy a long-ish 5 seater (5 in our family), one of their less powerful, but nonetheless suitable for us 4 seaters, or just a bench seat 3 seater since these were shorter in the wheelbase and likely to be better in the bush. Decided in the end on the 3 seater, as we hoped the novelty would soon wear off, and the kiddies would get sick of it.
The bloke at the Po...laris stand annoyed us a bit - quoted a price more than he had written down for us a few days before, and we weren't allowed to take the thing for a test drive ... or even sit in it while one of them drove it. Who buys these without ever having driven in one??!! So we stashed the chequebook back in our pocket and walked off to "think about it". At this point, while gazing absent-mindedly into the distance we noticed the Honda stand ... with 3 of their recently released Pioneer ATV's on display - had no idea they even made one. Since we have been "Honda people" for many, many years now, we thought it would be worth a look. Noticed that one of those on display (the 700-4) employed a very clever "popping up/folding away" rear seat application, making the short wheelbase 2 seater into a 4 seater in literally a few seconds. And those rear seats are amazing - they fold down with an almost hydraulically smooth action so that when flat all you can see is an otherwise normal and fully useable ute bed. When deployed they fold up out of their receptacle - which then forms a dandy footwell for the rear passengers. Well - if that wasn't the revelation we needed at exactly that point!! How the hell had these things eluded us and our thorough research?? Luckily we had our laptop with us at the time, so we did some research on the fly, and found that the Pioneers, released in Australia just a few months before, had been well received in the US market. Had a chat to the extremely knowledgeable Honda factory rep at the stand, and in no time it was arranged for us to be taken for a test drive, then and there.
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